Key West Aquarium Tours
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Situated on Key West’s Mallory Square, the Key West Aquarium brings visitors up close to some of the Florida Keys’ aquatic wildlife. Exhibits feature guest favorites such as sharks, stingrays, American alligators, and jellyfish. The Atlantic Shores exhibit houses a living red mangrove ecosystem, a critical habitat in the Keys.
The Key West Aquarium ranks among the island’s most popular family attractions. An admission ticket is valid for two consecutive days, allowing visitors to browse the exhibits or join 30-minute guided tours to learn more about the animals and the history of Key West. The aquarium is a stop on the Key West hop-on hop-off trolley, and the popular Conch Train ends its 90-minute island tour at Mallory Square, a short walk from the aquarium.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Key West Aquarium is a hit with families traveling with kids.
- The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible and dog-friendly.
- Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to explore the aquarium exhibits, or more if you plan to take a guided tour.
How to Get There
The aquarium is centrally located in Key West Old Town, within easy walking distance of several nearby attractions. Because parking is limited in the area, it’s a good idea to hire a taxi or take the bus or trolley to Mallory Square.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open daily, year-round. It’s busiest during the winter high season (December to February), so come early on a weekday during this period. Because exhibits are covered, the aquarium is an excellent option for a rainy day or a particularly hot afternoon.
History of the Aquarium
The Key West Aquarium was built during the Great Depression, between 1933 and 1935, as part of the federal government’s Works Progress Administration program to help create jobs for struggling Key Westers. When the aquarium first opened, admission was just 15 cents.
Address: 1 Whitehead Street, Key West 33040-6634, USA
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Key West Aquarium
Hop on Hop Off
Explore the best that Key West has to offer on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among Key West’s top attractions, with an expert guide who takes you through the history of the city. Select from an unlimited 1- or 2-day pass to suit your schedule.
Discover some of Key West’s deepest, darkest secrets on a 90-minute ghost-themed trolley tour. The Trolley of the Doomed explores the darker side of one of the most haunted cities in the country. Experience Key West’s frightening past while traveling down the narrow, dark streets of Old Town, lined with 19th-century wooden houses that still bear the secrets of their former inhabitants. This tour is narrated by a 17th-century gravedigger guide who’s almost as scary as the stories being shared.
Get up close with some of Key West’s most fascinating creatures at the renowned Key West Aquarium. Located in bustling Mallory Square, the Key West Aquarium is home to alligators, jellyfish, sharks and many other local marine animals. With this 1-day admission ticket, check out the touch tank’s beautiful sea stars, sea urchins, giant hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs. Guests can enjoy guided aquarium tours as well as interactive shark feedings. It's one of Key West's most popular attractions for people of all ages.
Ports of Call Tours
When arriving at the Port of Key West, explore the best this island city has to offer on an independent, narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among Key West’s top attractions—like Mallory Square, Southernmost Point, and Key West Aquarium, to name a few. With this 1-day pass, board at any of the conveniently located stops and get to know the city in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
Explore the best that Key West has to offer on this narrated, Conch Tour Train excursion. Visit Key West’s top attractions and learn about the Conch Republic’s history and residents, past and present. See where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out and find out why Harry Truman used to spend so much time here. Get to know Old Town Key West, from the Front Street Depot to Mallory Square and everything in between, including live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. It’s Key West’s original sightseeing tour.
When arriving at the Port of Key West, explore the best this island city has to offer on a narrated, 90-minute Conch Tour Train independent excursion. Visit Key West’s top attractions and learn about the Conch Republic’s history and residents, past and present. See where Ernest Hemingway used to hang out and find out why Harry Truman used to spend so much time here. Get to know Old Town Key West, from the Front Street Depot to Mallory Square, including live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. It’s Key West’s original sightseeing tour.
The Miami and the Keys Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility when visiting Miami, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, and other locations. Choose three, four, or five popular attractions/activities and save up to 40 percent—like a duck tour of South Beach, Conch Train tour, or an Everglades airboat ride—just to name a few. Each pass is good for 60 days from first use. Simply save your pass on your mobile device and go—no voucher redemption required! It’s that simple to experience some of South Florida’s best attractions. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for one year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Private Sightseeing Tours
Walk through Old Town Key West with a long-time local, see & learn about the unique places you can visit during your vacation. **If it's too far or too hot to walk, you have the option of hopping on the Duval Loop bus with your guide for only $1 per person** It's air-conditioned with several convenient stops throughout Old Town. These tours are private so you can ask questions and we can customize the tour to your interests. Your tour guide is knowledgeable about everything Key West, so don't hesitate to let us know what interests you and what you want to know about Key West.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Frequently Asked Questions
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